Food Security

Bangladesh floods test disaster response improvements

DHAKA, 2 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Floods triggered by two weeks of intense rain have affected two million people in northern Bangladesh and left up to half a million homeless. While the country’s disaster response capacity has been enhanced in recent years, experts argue that with people displaced and crops destroyed the flooding is testing response mechanisms. full report

Zimbabwe’s neglected elderly farmers

HARARE, 2 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Girazi Mukumba, 64, a communal farmer in Wedza, about 160km southwest of the capital Harare, is old school when it comes to agricultural practices. full report

Gaza blockade - no signs of loosening

DUBAI, 2 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Nearly a week after a ceasefire agreement that was believed to include the partially lifting of the blockade on Gaza, no restrictions have been eased, say humanitarians and border guards. full report

Higher profile for climate change in new SDGs

NEW YORK, 26 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). full report

Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest

SANA'A, 25 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world’s poorest country - particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen's poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned. full report

Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 21 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell. full report

Attacks curb aid work in north Cameroon

DAKAR, 15 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - An escalation of attacks by Nigerian radical Islamist Boko Haram militia is restricting aid operations in the Far North Region of Cameroon where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought safety, say aid workers. full report

Food security alarm for east, central Africa

NAIROBI, 13 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013. full report

Burundi flood victims need more help

BUJUMBURA, 6 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of people displaced by floods and a mudslide in the Burundian capital Bujumbura and surrounding areas in February 2014 need more help to reconstruct their homes and livelihoods, aid workers say. full report

Donor support to Sahel "anaemic"

DAKAR, 4 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More donor support is needed to help close the US$1.5 billion funding gap in the Sahel this year and protect the livelihoods of the estimated 20.2 million people who are at risk of food insecurity. Only 30 percent of the $2.2 billion dollar appeal to fight hunger and malnutrition, and build resilience in the region has been met by donors as of July, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). full report

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